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US courts to seek sexual harassment protections

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:11

Chief Justice John Roberts unveiled a plan Sunday to help shield US court employees from sexual harassment, acknowledging the judicial branch is "not immune" after a powerful appellate judge retired over misconduct allegations. The top US Supreme Court justice has already tasked Administrative Office of US Courts chief James Duff to review procedures to protect court employees from sexual misconduct, according to a memo released Wednesday that also spelled out existing recourse. The memo came just days after Alex Kozinski stepped down from his post at the influential San Francisco-based US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit after he was accused of inappropriate behavior by at least 15 former clerks and staffers.


Google Rings In the New Year With a Festive Penguin-Themed Doodle

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 23:29

A special interactive Google Doodle is the final installment in a December global festivities series


All vehicles destroyed in Liverpool car park blaze

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 22:00

A blaze has destroyed every vehicle left in a 1,600-capacity car park serving the British city of Liverpool's indoor arena, police said on Monday. The Liverpool International Horse Show, taking place in the northwest English city's neighbouring 11,000-seater arena, was cancelled due to the fire, which broke out after dark on Sunday. Nobody has been seriously injured in the blaze, the local Merseyside Police said, while all horses are accounted for.


Incredible New Year's Celebrations Around The World

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 21:23

From the London Eye to Athens’ Acropolis, here are some of the most breathtaking scenes from New Year’s celebrations around the world.


Revellers welcome 2018 in Europe

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 20:41

Countless revellers switched into party mode Sunday across Europe to ring in 2018 after Sydney and Hong Kong earlier welcomed New Year on the other side of the globe with dazzling firework displays. In London more than 100,000 ticket-holders gazed up at a spectacular pyrotechnics display from the banks of the river Thames, before dancing to Auld Lang Syne. Keeping with tradition, the Big Ben bell in the Houses of Parliament rang in Britain's new year -- the chimes having been turned back on especially for the celebrations as the famous clock tower is undergoing renovation and encased in scaffolding.


Fireworks, prayers as revelers around the world ring in 2018

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 18:04

From spectacular fireworks in Hong Kong and Australia to a huge LED lightshow at the world's tallest building in Dubai, a look at how revelers around the world are ringing in 2018:


Egyptian mummy can 'live forever' after development in scanning technique

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 17:58

An 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy can “live forever” after his name was discovered written on his sarcophagus, a curator has claimed. The desicated remains of the man formerly known as Irethoreru are held by Chiddington Castle, Kent, but his precise identity had always remained a mystery - until now. His name, which means “The eye of Horus is against them”, and is thought to date from between 664 BC and 30 AD, was discovered thanks to a scanning technique developed by British researchers from University College London and the University of Manchester along with collaborators in the United States. They were able to read hitherto invisible hieroglyphics painted on scraps of papyrus used to make the case for the mummified body by shining light of various frequencies onto them. The new technique was developed using fabricated scraps designed to mimic the ‘waste’ ancient materials, including ancient shopping lists and tax returns, which were recycled into sarcophagi. They were previously regarded as illegible, however, because the writing was obscured by the paste and plaster that holds the mummy together.  The mysterious mummy of Chiddingstone castle Credit: BBC News Prof Adam Gibson of University College London, who led the project said: "Because the waste papyrus was used to make prestige objects, they have been preserved. "These masks constitute one of the best libraries we have of waste papyrus that would otherwise have been thrown away so it includes information about these individual people about their everyday lives" Irethoreru’s name was discovered on a footplate of his coffin. Until now, researchers would have had to destroy the sarcophagus in order to read it. Castle curator Maria Esain said: "There is a saying from Ancient Egyptian times - "To speak a man’s name is to restore him to eternal life." Therefore, if we were able to determine the name written in hieroglyphs on the ‘foot’ of the coffin then we would be enabling that person to live forever.”


Tiny Bird Found In Cockpit Forces Delta Flight To Make A U-Turn

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 17:49

A Delta pilot traveling from Detroit to Atlanta turned back when he found a small-winged creature flapping around his large-winged aircraft on Saturday.


Virginia Man With Suspected Ties to ISIS Arrested for Destroying Evidence

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 16:43

He may have been interested in a U.S. attack


Words banned for the new year? 'Fake news' gets top vote

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 16:04

DETROIT (AP) — Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news?


New York Family Of 5 Among 12 Killed In Costa Rica Plane Crash

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:47

A plane carrying 10 American tourists, including a family of five from New York, and two Costa Rican pilots crashed in northwestern Costa Rica on Sunday, killing everyone on board, officials said.


Arrest Made in 'Swatting' Prank That Led to Fatal Shooting

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:14

Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax emergency call that resulted in a SWAT police officer fatally shooting a man at the door of his own home in Kansas, a law enforcement official said Saturday.


Ohio's move to toss inactive voters from rolls goes to court

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 14:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joseph Helle was expecting a different sort of reception when he returned home from Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and showed up to vote in his small Ohio town near Lake Erie.


Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Colorado Shooting

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 14:17

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says that a deputy has died following a shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colo.


Top GOP Races To Watch In 2018

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 13:11

WASHINGTON ― With a hint of a blue wave on the horizon, Republicans are facing added pressure to get their house in order and field the best candidates possible ahead of next year’s congressional midterm elections.


Meghan Markle Says No New Year's Resolution For Her

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 12:49

While most people are creating long lists of New Year's Resolutions, Meghan Markle says she has given them up!


Americans sound off on the 2017 headlines

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:16

NBC News talks to Americans across the country to find out which news stories affected them the most this year.


Sheriff’s deputy killed, others wounded in Colorado ambush

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:12

A Colorado sheriff's deputy was killed and several more were wounded in a shootout while responding to a report of a disturbance, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.


Video captures emotional moment a teenager asks her stepfather to adopt her for Christmas

Top Stories - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:07

A father has shared footage of the moment his 18-year-old stepdaughter asked him to adopt her on Christmas Eve. Makayla Dabney made the decision to ask her stepfather Stephen, the man who raised her for 14 years, to become one of her legal guardians as his Christmas present. The college student from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was inspired by a dream in which she asked him to adopt her.


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